Four songs from this past season of Saturday Night Live—three by the Andy Samberg-led pop-comedy troupe the Lonely Island, and Justin Timberlake’s protestation that he’s so over being a pop star—have been nominated for Emmys in the Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics category. (That’s four of the category’s six slots, for those of you who were counting.) As it happens I listened to the still-giggle-worthy “Jack Sparrow,” the Michael Bolton-assisted paean to the club and summer blockbusters, this morning while trying out Spotify (about which more later), and it’s one of the three Lonely Island tracks up to bring home the trophy on Sept. 18. (Sorry, “Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie And Clyde.”) The full slate of original-song nominees after the jump, plus a bonus “hey this track got robbed!” entry from one of this season’s best new shows.
“Christmastime Is Killing Us” (Family Guy)
Robert Klein, “An American Prayer—Hymn II?” (Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced)
[Not online, but more info on the special is here.]
The Lonely Island feat. Akon, “I Just Had Sex” (Saturday Night Live)
The Lonely Island feat. Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga, “Three-Way” (Saturday Night Live)
The Lonely Island feat. Michael Bolton, “Jack Sparrow” (Saturday Night Live)
Justin Timberlake, “I’m Not Gonna Sing” (Saturday Night Live)
(Sigh, Oh, Justin.)
Anyway, who am I kidding? Robert Klein’s got this, even if his song isn’t streaming anywhere. He performed with an orchestra! He had the first HBO comedy special in the network’s history! He’s “political” and not singing about sexy sextime!
Although you know what got robbed? “Lifting Up The Skirt Of The Night,” a surprisingly faithful take on ’70s lite-funk from the incredible Bob’s Burgers:
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 14, 2011